Reflecting on Remembrance Day: A Solemn Tribute to Service and Dr Jackie Murray, Chair of Governors

A poignant Remembrance Day service was held on Friday the 10th November, the school community came together to honour the theme of service and pay tribute to the late Chair of Governors, Dr Jackie Murray, who passed away unexpectedly last month.

The assembly was led by the Headteacher, Mr Toby Sutherland, and Assistant Headteacher, Miss Faye Ramsbottom, welcoming the distinguished guests; governors, trustees, Old Danes and Reverend David Hall for leading the act of remembrance and the laying of wreaths ceremony. A heartfelt gratitude was expressed to the Gospel choir whose rendition of “Pater Noster” by Nicolas Kedroff set a reflective tone for the service.

The service focused on the act of service St Clement Danes made through the British Navy and Merchant Navy forces during WWII by contributions students made at home and the actions of St Clement Danes staff and students abroad. It was lovely to hear students who participated in the assembly sharing what wearing a poppy means to them.

The wreath-laying ceremony took place after the service, symbolizing a collective commitment to never forget the sacrifices made by those who served.

The Last Post was played beautifully by Isla Lowe, creating a moment of deep reflection for all in attendance.

In the spirit of service, the Remembrance Day assembly served as a powerful reminder that the act of remembering is, in itself, a form of service – a service to those who came before us, to those among us, and to the generations that will follow.




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